For A level Mathematics students will require a calculator that can calculate Binomial and Normal probabilities directly from values. The minimum standard for this is an advanced scientific calculator, such as the Casio 991EX ClassWiz or the TI-30X Pro; however, graphical calculators have this facility along with the additional advantage of being able to plot the graphs of functions. Graphing tools should be permeating the study of A level and integrating graphical calculators into the teaching and learning is a very effective way of achieving this.
OCR have produced guidance on the use of technology as part of special access arrangements for mathematics assessment. This includes guidance on how an emulator or other software, such as Autograph, GeoGebra or Desmos, can be used in place of a calculator. For more details see: The use of computer technology as part of special access arrangements for mathematics assessment.
We have produce Detailed advice for integrating Casio graphical calculators into the study of A level Mathematics:
Using Casio graphical calculators in A level
Advice for integrating HP and Texas Instruments graphical calculators into A level can be found below.
Advice and guidance is available from the Casio education website: PDF and video tutorials.
Classroom tasks for using the CG20/50 for AS Core, A2 Core and Further Pure are available at: CG20/50 Classroom tasks.
A variety of tasks is available for using Casio Calculators at:www.successinmaths.com.
A guidance document on using the fx-9750 for A level Mathematics is available: Using the 9750.
This document is also suitable for use with the fx-9860.
MEI tasks for using Casio Calculators are available for:
Coordinate Geometry (AS)
Sequences/series and Trigonometry (AS)
e, ln and functions (A2)
Connective constructions: Constructions for AS Core Maths that test students' understanding of connections between representations and reinforce generalisation.
A variety of tasks to support the use of TI-Nspire are available at Texas Instruments' website Nspiring Learning.
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